discontinuous variation

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discontinuous variation

n.
Variation within a population in which few or no phenotypes fall between the extremes.

discontinuous variation

a variation in which different forms of a CHARACTER fall clearly into a particular grouping without overlapping each other, and are often controlled by a small number of major genes. White and red eye colours in fruitflies are an example. See also QUALITATIVE INHERITANCE.
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Natura non facit saltus. Plantae omnes utrinque affinitatem monstrant, uti Territorium in Mappa geographica.
Natura non facit saltus, which means "Nature does not make sudden jumps"!